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Incident at 9600 Pagewood

February 1, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the 9600 block of Pagewood about 5:50 a.m. today (Feb. 1).

The victim has been identified as Mark Barzilla, 45, of 5900 Dumfries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. R. Swaim and Officer A. D. Brown reported:

The victim was sitting inside his truck with a female friend when the suspect, described only as a black male, approached the driver's side of the truck. According to the witness, the suspect said something to the victim and then shot him one time in the head. Mr. Barzilla was able to drive away, but then lost control of his vehicle, striking a light pole a short distance away. The motive for this shooting is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact HPD Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

MES/JFC 2-1-06
Inc #17508506

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.